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Wuthering Heights | Emily Bront
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I know the inside of a book is more important than the outside… but isn‘t this a pretty thing? 🌺

IndoorDame Lovely! 20h
rubyslippersreads I‘m very tempted by this edition of 19h
dabbe 🤩🤩🤩 19h
Tamra Sooooo pretty! I love this novel. 19h
TheBookHippie @rubyslippersreads SAME 🤣although this one is stunning too (edited) 18h
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George Orwell: Essays | George Orwell
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I have been listening to this huge essay collection over the last several weeks and I have loved the experience. They are well written and so thought provoking. A excellent reflection on history but surprisingly applicable to our current times. 🤔

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East of Eden | John Steinbeck
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A great reading duo. 📕+📕

UwannaPublishme Yes! 🙌🏻 Love them both…and Steinbeck! 3w
lynneamch East may be my fave classic ever. Will have to get the journal. Thx! 3w
SamAnne I‘m a Steinbeck fan but weirdly have not read East of Eden. But it‘s happening this year for sure and I‘m going to read these letters! 3w
Tamra @SamAnne me neither and I keep meaning to read it. 3w
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The end of a run on Toni Morrison. A bit emotionally draining to read them all back to back , but a wonderful way to get to know and understand an author. It was reading time well spent. 📖

TheBookHippie The Bluest Eye and Jazz are my favorites but WHEW… back to back. 4w
Becker @TheBookHippie Yes it was a lot of Toni Morrison. And I also read a large collection of her speeches and essay. Bluest Eye was my favourite but I thought Beloved was her masterpiece. 4w
TheBookHippie @Becker I‘ve read those as well. Most ppl love beloved but for me The Bluest Eye just spoke to me, and there was something about Jazz. 4w
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Covenant of Water | Abraham Verghese
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Mehso-so

It‘s awkward to be the only person posting about this book who didn‘t love it. I thought it was in desperate need of editing and lacked continuity. He touched on so many interesting topics but didn‘t develop any of them. I think it would have worked much better as a collection of connected stories. Disappointed 🫤

Suet624 I feel as though I‘ve seen a number of so-so reviews so I‘m not sure you‘re alone. 1mo
Ruthiella I felt that way about his debut, which is why I decided not to pick this one up. 1mo
peaKnit I fought reading this because 750 pages, but I‘ve been swept up in it. Oprah has a 6 part podcast with the author that makes it richer, in my opinion. That said I get it. I was enamored with East of Eden when I read it years ago and then on a reread, I couldn‘t catch the feeling, sometimes timing is everything. 4w
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Well worth reading if you are a big Morrison fan. I particularly enjoyed the essays where she discusses her own books, but there were also a handful of essays that were very heavy handed. And the themes were a bit repetitive. It‘s still a privilege to read her work. 🏆

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Antarctica | Claire Keegan
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A real mix of mood, content and narrative voice in this collection. As usual, some stories worked better for me than others. Overall, I enjoyed it well enough but it won‘t stay with me. ❄️

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Bournville | Jonathan Coe
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A novel that is woven together using seven historic events in British history, starting with VE Day. A very pleasant and interesting read. 🇬🇧

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What am I reading? 😆😆🤣I think I‘m going to like this.👍💘

julesG Go with the flow. I'm sure you'll like it. 4mo
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The Bluest Eye | Toni Morrison
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How could this possibly be Morrison‘s first book? It is incredibly well done. 😍

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Poisonwood Bible | Barbara Kingsolver
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Rereading this after 20 years for book club. I forgot how good it is. Excellent for discussion. 🛖

Sleepswithbooks Yay - this is in my TBR pile 😀 5mo
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I‘m enjoying this story but I‘m a little unsure of its worthiness for a spot on the Booker Longlist. I still have a fair bit to read so perhaps I‘ll change my mind by the end. 🤷‍♀️

Ruthiella Apparently the end is a humdinger. 5mo
Becker @Ruthiella Yes I‘ve heard that. I look forward to it. 👍 5mo
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Untitled | Unknown
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Although I‘m not quite ready for the winter theme, I can‘t say enough about the beauty of this Canadian literary journal. It‘s a lovely thing to own and a lovely thing to read. 🇨🇦

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The Eyes of the Dragon | Stephen King
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Day at the beach with Stephen King. Such a fun read. 🐉

PaperbackPirate One of my favorites by him! 4mo
PaperbackPirate And I love your picture! 4mo
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Commonwealth | Ann Patchett
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If you like strong character and family stories, you can‘t go wrong with Ann Patchett. 🍊

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This book was both unique and interesting. I love when I find something unusual to read. My only criticism is that I thought the author strayed away from her thesis at times but it was still a pretty good read. 🧮

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The Far Pavilions | M. M. Kaye
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Mehso-so

This is a sweeping historical romance with all the sights and sounds of an exotic India and it appears to be a treasured favourite of many readers. Honestly I found it dragged terribly and was very dated, to the point where I became impatient with it. 🕌

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This is a quiet but lovely little book that gives us bits and pieces of the author‘s life woven into the daily journal of a small bookshop in an Italian village. It‘s packed full of book titles and has a slow meandering pace that is perfect for lazy summer afternoon reading. 📖

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Plain Bad Heroines | Emily Danforth
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I loved the story, the style and the atmosphere of this book, although I have to say I thought the ending was weak, especially because there is so much the author could have done with this great story. The last 10% of the book just sort of fizzled out. 🐝

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One Hundred Years of Solitude | Marquez, Gabriel Garcia
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Mehso-so

Reading this for book club and we are all struggling. I‘ve done an awful lot of supplementary reading and I know all the academic analysis, but it hasn‘t really helped me to make sense of what the author is doing in this book. I don‘t dislike it. I‘m actually intrigued, but quite frustrated. 🤷‍♀️

Amor4Libros I think that everyone that reads that book struggles with it. I read it last year and will read it again in a couple of years to see if I fully understand it 😅 7mo
Becker @Amor4Libros Yes I am sure I will read it again too in a few years. I‘m sure it will go smoother the second time around because you already know what to expect. 7mo
jewright I wonder if it makes more sense in Spanish since it was originally written in Spanish? I find his books difficult. 7mo
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Slightly Foxed 9 | Gail Pirkis
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Love this literary journal. It‘s expensive for me to order it from the U.K. but it is worth the indulgence. 💗

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Best Canadian Stories 00 | Douglas Ed Glover
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This collection was fine. They probably shouldn‘t have started the collection with Alice Munro because she was a hard act to follow. Everything else paled by comparison. 🍁

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A very easy and relaxing read. I spent as much time googling the art work as I did reading the book. 🖼️

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Impactful and sometimes disturbing to read due to the content. How did I not know about this? Highly recommend if this topic interests you. ⛴️

Suet624 I‘ll always remember the description from this man of trying to make it across the seas as a refugee. 8mo
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Margaret Atwood turned me on to the poems of Robert Service and I have totally enjoyed this collection. They are very readable and bounce between dramatic and humorous. 🛷

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Black Cake | Charmaine Wilkerson
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I‘m not going to say much because I hate to trash a book, especially when so many other people enjoyed it. But I will say that it was a terrible choice for me. I can hardly believe someone published it. 😵‍💫

Jenken1998 I picked it up and put it down over and over at the bookstore. I left without it. I think I will get it from my library so I don't spend $$ on it. 10mo
Becker @Jenken1998 Probably a good idea although I am very much in the minority. I thought it read more like an outline than a finished novel. I hope you enjoy more than I did. 10mo
TheLudicReader I also did not enjoy this. It was all tell. 10mo
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This was a great book to pick up and spot read for a few minutes each day. It‘s full of the stories of artistic people from all over the world that flocked to Paris, especially between the wars. Paris was the place to be, especially for writers. 🇫🇷

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The Great Fire: A Novel | Shirley Hazzard
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My 4th Shirley Hazzard novel and I adore this author with her intelligent complex writing. She is in a very select circle of my favourite authors. ❣️❣️❣️

JanuarieTimewalker13 Stacking!! Never read her! 10mo
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Foster | Claire Keegan
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More of a short story than a novel. Can be read in one sitting. The writing is lovely. It is a very soft spoken story. Not recommended for readers that like an active plot. This book is perfect for a quiet afternoon and a cup of tea. ☕️

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Finding Edward | Sheila Murray
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I had a few issues with this book. It didn‘t work for me in a couple of ways. But overall it was a good story and I liked it more than not so I suppose it deserves a 👍

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A book of Russian Fairytales with gorgeous illustrations on every page. 🤴

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My Father's House | Joseph O'Connor
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I thought this was excellent. Full of tension and intrigue. Highly recommend for historical fiction readers. It‘s the first of a trilogy and I eagerly look forward to the next one. ⛪️

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Demon Copperhead: A Novel | Barbara Kingsolver
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This is an accomplished story by a seasoned author. I totally see why people are loving it. But truth be told, I was rather bored with it. I‘m still giving it a thumbs up because it is a quality book, but perhaps just not a big success for me. 🤷‍♀️

Tamra I wasn‘t thrilled either, but I‘m in the minority. 🙃 12mo
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The Transit of Venus | Shirley Hazzard
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Every sentence is perfectly structured. Every word is carefully chosen. Shirley Hazzard might be a new favourite author for me. I thoroughly enjoyed this. 🏆

Tamra I have to get around to this author! 12mo
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Now this should be interesting. ⚱️

Tamra I‘ve had my eye on this one for quite a while! 12mo
Rissreads Love this! 12mo
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Midnight Library | Matt Haig
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Mehso-so

For me this book was perfectly average. It was an engaging story, although it got a bit old toward the end. It had an interesting concept, although it had a lot of you could critique. Not awful but not really good either. Just fine. 👌🏼

MrsMalaprop I wasn‘t a fan of this very popular book. 12mo
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This book was so thoroughly researched and presented. It was a lot to take in and was even difficult to consume at times due to the nature of some of the treatments that mentally ill people were subjected to. The stuff of nightmares. But if you are interested in this subject matter, you will learn a great deal from this book. I definitely recommend it to the right reader. 🏨

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Joan Is Okay | Weike Wang
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I read this about a week ago and I remember enjoying it and really liking the main character, but oddly enough I don‘t remember much about the book. So I give it a thumbs up for being an enjoyable read but it obviously didn‘t leave much of an impression on me. 🤷‍♀️

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Mehso-so

I should have enjoyed this more than I did. I like the themes and liked the writing, but there were too many dry patches for me to say I truly enjoyed it. So I will just say it was not bad, it was just okay, or it was middle of the road. 🧞‍♀️

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White Fang | Jack London
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I‘m glad so many people enjoy this story. It probably deserves it‘s place as a classic. Unfortunately it didn‘t work for me. I found the writing very plain and I wasn‘t crazy about the P.O.V. Of the animal. I was sort of bored. 😑

ShyBookOwl I've never read this, but I've also never been into animal POVs so I'll take a hard pass here lol 13mo
JanuarieTimewalker13 Try Call Of The Wild. 13mo
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I have to give this a thumbs up based on it‘s reputation. The truth is, I find this whole series just so so. This is just my personal taste at play here and I don‘t want to be lukewarm about a book that is so loved from a series that is so loved. I guess there‘s no accounting for my taste. 🤙

jdiehr I always felt like I should love these books more than I do as well 13mo
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I‘ve been enjoying this book more than I even thought I would. Each day offers a chosen passage from one of the plays or Sonnets along with brief commentary. It‘s never more than a 5 minute read and I find myself eagerly looking forward to picking it up every day. 🗓

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Wuthering Heights | Bronte Emily
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A perfect afternoon. ☕️🫖

Tamra One of my all time favorites. 😍 14mo
Chelsea.Poole Pretty! 14mo
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Mehso-so

I always struggle to get comfortable in an Edith Wharton book. I don‘t dislike her but I never find it to be enjoyable reading. Something about her style. 🤷‍♀️

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House of Leaves | Mark Z Danielewski
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I‘m not very far into this and it is already a very uncomfortable read. I can‘t read it at night. The sense of dread is overwhelming. 🙀

Karisa Oooh, I read too years ago and can still remember the creepy heaviness of it. Good but yeah maybe not to read at night 😅 1y
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Three-Body Problem | Cixin Liu
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This book does an excellent job of being exactly what it is, which is an incredible story told through hard science. It doesn‘t have much literary merit but that‘s okay because that‘s not goal. Science geeks will love it but people like me will appreciate it more on the screen than on the page. Either way, it‘s an impressive story. 🚀

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Excellent Women | Barbara Pym
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An enjoyable read and an interesting look at the role of the unmarried woman in Society at this time. Let‘s just say there was a lot of tea involved. 🫖

Suet624 Darn it! Why do I always forget to read Pym. (edited) 1y
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Untitled | Untitled
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Not many weeks of this left.🍂

BarbaraBB Awesomeness 🥰🥰 1y
Chelsea.Poole Perfect photo! 1y
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I‘m re-reading this for book club and it‘s totally worthy of re-reading. 🥰

marleed Yes it is! 1y
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A beautiful sketch on every page. 🖌

Suet624 What a lovely way to entice people to read poetry. 😊 1y
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